Trust me, I didn’t want to write this blog. I promise you, this is not something I like to do. But based on the events of the previous two games, I don’t have much of a choice. I told you so.
I told you and you and you and you and everyone. The Boston Celtics went up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday and the internet proclaimed LeBron James’ time in Cleveland done.
“The King is dead!” they shouted online, crowning the Celtics the new team to beat in the East. The injured, undermanned Celtics had defied the odds by decimating the 76ers in a gentleman’s sweep, and they were just a couple games from dethroning the man who made seven straight NBA Finals.
Then LeBron James decided to be LeBron James. Game 3 was over before it ever truly began with the Cavaliers using a 32-17 first quarter to kickstart what would be a 30-point victory.
But LeBron didn’t necessarily dominate on Saturday. A 27/5/12 line would be the best performance of most players’ careers, but it’s not even a blip on the radar for him.
Monday night’s game started out the same, but the young, resilient Celtics wouldn’t quit. They kept fighting, cutting the score to single digits a number of times late but ultimately failing to get close enough.
James went a casual 44/5/3, but it somehow felt empty. It was one of the more unimpressive 40-point games I’ve ever seen, which leads us to believe one thing: the best is yet to come.
That’s a scary thought for Boston and its fans. LeBron still has another gear to kick into, and the idea of him improving on his last two games (35.5/5/7.5 averages) is absolutely terrifying.
The Celtics better win Game 5 on Wednesday, because if LeBron has the chance to close the series out at home in Game 6, he will.
Must win? Can’t lose? That’s for you to decide, but one thing is clear: Boston is in trouble.
Cavs in 6, tell your friends.